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Safeguarding National Security through Cybersecurity

The responsibility of EMS companies catering to the Indian Defence Sector

Introduction & background


In the digital age, where technology permeates every aspect of our lives, cybersecurity has emerged as a paramount concern, especially in sensitive sectors like defence. As India continues to bolster its defence capabilities, the significance of robust cybersecurity measures cannot be understated, particularly for companies operating in electronics manufacturing catering to the Indian defence sector. These companies serve as the backbone of the nation’s defence infrastructure, entrusted with safeguarding not only classified information but also the integrity of critical systems.


On the other hand, India’s defence sector is undergoing a transformative phase, marked by advancements in technology and digitization as well as relying on electronic systems for a variety of various critical operations. Whether it’s communication systems, surveillance equipment, or advanced ordnance, the role of electronics in modern defence is enormous. With the proliferation of interconnected networks, increasing reliance on digital platforms, and the adoption of cutting-edge technologies like IoT (Internet of Things) and AI (Artificial Intelligence), the attack surface for potential cyber threats has expanded exponentially. Consequently, electronics manufacturing companies catering to the defence sector find themselves at the forefront of a relentless battle against cyber adversaries seeking to exploit vulnerabilities for nefarious purposes.


The importance of cybersecurity and protection of customer data:


Among the myriad reasons why cybersecurity is crucial, protecting customer data stands out as a fundamental priority. Cybersecurity is now no longer a mere nicety, but a necessity. In the Indian defence sector, where sensitive information on national security is at stake, the consequences of a data breach can be catastrophic. A single loophole can have devastating consequences, including financial loss, reputational damage, reduced customer trust, and compromised nation’s sovereignty by putting lives at risk.


One of the primary reasons why cybersecurity matters is to protect customer data and sensitive information such as military strategies, personnel records, and supply chain details from unauthorized access, use, or disclosure. Furthermore, cybersecurity not only helps prevent disruptions to business operations by ensuring that companies can continue to operate smoothly even in the event of an attack but also safeguards the company’s reputation and regulates them to adhere to strict guidelines and standards as per the policies rolled out by the government.


Customer data protection measures followed at Vinyas:


At Vinyas, we believe that protecting customer data extends beyond regulatory compliance or contractual obligations. It is a matter of trust and credibility. As an AS9100-D certified company catering to the aerospace and defence sectors, we are entrusted with confidential information by our customers, often involving strategic projects of national significance. We comply with regulatory frameworks such as the Defence Procurement Procedure (DPP) and the Defence Offset Policy (DOP) which are mandated to the suppliers of the defence sector. We also practice a comprehensive approach that encompasses prevention, detection, response, and recovery and accordingly, have invested in state-of-the-art technologies such as firewalls, encryption tools, intrusion detection systems, and endpoint security solutions to fortify our digital perimeter.


Moreover, cybersecurity is not solely a technological challenge; it is also a human one. At Vinyas, implementing effective and efficient cybersecurity measures has involved a combination of technical, organizational, and personnel-related strategies. Encryption, access controls, network segmentation, regular system updates, and threat monitoring are some of the basic measures that have helped us mitigate cyber risks. Apart, employee training and awareness programs are conducted regularly to reinforce our defences against social engineering attacks such as phishing, which remain a prevalent threat vector. By instilling a culture of cybersecurity consciousness among our workforce, we have successfully empowered them to become the first line of defence against cyber threats and guardians of customer data.


Recommendations for an EMS company catering to the defence sector:


  1. Conduct a thorough risk assessment to identify potential susceptibilities.
  2. Implement robust security measures, including network security, data encryption, access control, consistent monitoring, and regular updates and patches.
  3. Educate employees on cyber security best practices to prevent human error.
  4. Develop an incident response plan to quickly respond to and contain cyber attacks.
  5. Assess and manage third-party risks by implementing vendor agreements and conducting regular due diligence audits and risk assessments.

To ensure the security of customer data, follow best practices that include implementing strict supply chain security, designing products with security features, using secure communication protocols, and conducting regular audits to assess compliance and identify vulnerabilities. This in turn aids in maintaining trust among customers and partners, ensures business continuity and contributes to national security.


Final Thoughts


As the digital landscape continues to evolve, the nature of cyber threats is also evolving rapidly. Hackers are constantly developing new tactics and techniques to bypass existing security measures and infiltrate networks. This dynamic environment necessitates a proactive approach to cybersecurity, with a focus on continuous monitoring, threat intelligence sharing, and rapid incident response. Collaboration with government agencies, industry partners, and cybersecurity exercises and drills can enhance the readiness to respond to cyber incidents effectively.


As custodians of sensitive customer data and being a part of the vital defence infrastructure, the EMS companies bear a weighty responsibility to safeguard against cyber threats. By prioritizing and implementing robust cybersecurity measures, staying abreast of the latest threats, and fostering a culture of security awareness, these companies can not only mitigate the risk of cyber incidents but also uphold the integrity and security of India’s defence capabilities in an increasingly digital ecosystem.

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Deepashree Narendra

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Deepashree joined Vinyas in 2015, and since then she has been instrumental in driving brand management, human resource management, accelerating business growth and crafting valuable stakeholder experiences. She comes with around 8 years of experience of working with leading PR firms in Mumbai.


Deepashree holds a Bachelors in Biotechnology Engineering from Sri Jayachamarajendra College of Engineering, Mysuru. She has also pursued her studies in Law from National Law School, Bangaluru where she completed her PGDM in Intellectual Property Rights. Besides, she has also completed her Master’s in Business Management under the specialization of Communications from Symbiosis School of Media and Communication, Bangaluru.  


Deepashree is currently the co-convener of CII Women Network Forum Mysuru and the Chair for YUVA, Young Indians; the youth vertical of Confederation of Indian Industry (CII). 

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Director - Operations

Heading the Operations at Vinyas, Vasan has more than two decades of experience in Electronics Manufacturing as well as Electronics Hardware industry. Being a Mechanical Engineer by qualification, he has helped the company to form a world-class manufacturing solutions team and has nurtured business partnerships since his association with Vinyas in 2001.


Vasan oversees the entire manufacturing facility and has played a pioneering role as mentor in building operational efficiency. He has been contributory in establishing a strong team to deliver technology-driven and innovation-led solutions to the valued customers.


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Sumukh Narendra


Sumukh has been associated with Vinyas Innovative Technologies since 2018 and is currently serving as Executive Director. He holds a Bachelors in Electronics and Communication Engineering from Sri Jayachamarajendra College of Engineering, Mysuru and Master of Science in Engineering in Embedded Systems from University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA.


With over 8 years of experience in Design Engineering, Sumukh brings in a strong focus on developing cutting-edge and innovative technologies in diagnostic and digital healthcare domain. He has also gained work experience as Lead Design Engineer in multi-national Fortune 100 Companies in USA.


Under his competent headship, Vinyas has achieved many milestones. Sumukh has not only achieved sustainable growth plan and supported Vinyas to expand its footprint in European markets especially in the Medical, Power electronics & Industrial Engineering sectors but has also established many ground-breaking technologies in firmware, medical and Industrial engineering segments.


Sumukh also serves as a Member of Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), Mysore Chapter.

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Narendra Narayanan

Founder and Managing Director

Narendra founded Vinyas Innovative Technologies in the year 2000 with a vision to create global presence for India in the Electronics Manufacturing industry. Under his out-standing leadership and guidance, Vinyas has grown to become one of India’s largest Integrated Electronics System Design and Manufacturing company catering its best-in-class engineering & manufacturing solutions to global markets.


Born in the year 1959 at Bengaluru, Narendra has completed his Engineering in Electrical & Electronics from the University of Southern California. He has to his credit of serving as Chairman and advisor for many indigenous companies across the globe.


No doubt, Narendra is a man of vision and a heart of gold. “The Best Employer” award bestowed by the National Trust, Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment, Government of India in the year 2011-2012 stands as a proof. Besides being honoured as the member of Advisory Board of India, USC Viterbi School of Engineering; Narendra was also conferred the Widney House Volunteer Award for the year 2014 from the University of Southern California. Born with strong ethical values, Narendra consistently strive to create an open and transparent work environment at Vinyas. Extending impartial and equal employment opportunities to differently abled, hearing impaired and tribal youth deserves an applause.